A Tough Louisiana Personal Injury Attorney Who Puts You First

When disputes of one kind or another arise aboard ship — whether ocean liner, fishing boat, or even a riverboat or a houseboat on a lake, it is primarily the federal district courts, sitting as admiralty courts, that resolve them, although state courts have concurrent jurisdiction under some circumstances. From the wage claims of seamen through medical malpractice claims, personal injury, and even wrongful death actions, if it relates to a shipboard event, you need a lawyer with skill in the intricate and highly technical procedural rules of the admiralty court.

As an experienced Louisiana Maritime Injury Attorney, I have extensive expertise in all types of claims that arise on the water, including:

  • Maritime Claims – Any of a variety of different claims governed by the very specific body of law peculiar to the rights of seamen and shipboard passengers, to transportation by water, whether on the high seas, in bays or harbors, in rivers and on lakes and other navigable waterways.
  • Federal and State Admiralty Claims – Lawsuits brought in either federal or state court that are governed by general and statutory maritime law. Typically, these claims involve injuries to passengers or crew members aboard ships in navigation, but may apply to recreational watercraft accidents as well.
  • Crew Member Claims – These are cases brought by seamen against their employer, and the owners or operators of the vessels upon which they serve, for personal injuries, wrongful death and contract disputes of one kind or another, including wage claims.
  • Cruise Passenger Claims – These cases usually deal with personal injury or wrongful death claims arising when passengers are injured aboard cruise ships.
  • Major Personal Injury Claims – Claims made by persons who suffer significant injuries and damages in some sort of accident aboard ship.
  • Private and Pleasure Water Craft Tort Claims – These cases involve injuries sustained on private or pleasure watercraft. They are usually based on negligence.

As a skilled Louisiana Maritime Injury Lawyer, I also provide superb representation in the following practice areas:

  • Jackup drilling rigs
  • Semisubmersible drilling rigs
  • Drill ships
  • Inland drilling/workover barges
  • Supply, utility and crew boats
  • Seismic vessels
  • Dredges
  • Construction barges
  • Pipe/flowline vessels
  • Derrick lay barges
  • Pipelay barges
  • Heavy lift vessels
  • Jackup barges
  • Diving support vessels
  • Commercial fishing boats
  • Offshore and inland tugs
  • Helicopters

Lafayette maritime attorney Larry Curtis aggressively pursues justice for injury victims while treating each client with the care and compassion they deserve. At Larry Curtis, Maritime Attorney, we represent those who have been hurt on land or on the water. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident, contact us today at 337-235-1825 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Profile

Attorney Lawrence Curtis


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U. S. District Court for the Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas


  • Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana (J.D. 1977)
  • St. John’s University, in Jamaica, New York (B.A. 1974)

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Academy of Catastrophic Injury Attorneys
  • AV Rated, given by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • American, Federal and Louisiana State Bar Associations
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • The Academy of Catastrophic Injury Attorneys
  • Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association
  • Lafayette Trial Lawyers Association
  • Acadiana Inn of Court
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • The Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute

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